The internet is a miraculous invention that has changed the way we do business, keep up with friends and family and even meet romantic partners. There can be no doubt that online access has been a positive influence on our lives, making connecting with like-minded individuals or buying elusive items easier than ever.
Unfortunately, this level of convenience has come with a downside. The landscape of the virtual world has changed drastically since the millennium, leading to a rise of toxic communities.
When Extreme Becomes the New Normal
Social interaction increasingly takes place online, given that lifestyles geared toward work or study leave little room for traditional personal connections. As the internet is open to everyone all over the world, there is a niche community for every personal interest, community or sexual preference.
While it is fantastic that safe spaces exist for the marginalized members of our community, this inclusivity comes with potential dangers. Many of us long to feel wanted and welcomed, and some can go to extreme lengths to keep pace with those that share some of their views. This behavior can escalate until you are partaking in activities that you would not normally agree with to maintain your connections and friendships.
When the Virtual World Becomes Too Real
When you are embroiled in an online environment, emboldened by the support of those around you, it is easy to forget that the law still applies. Cyberbullying or “trolling,” depending on state and federal law, can include criminal charges, being sued for damages or accusations of harassment.
Accessing the “Deep Web” is not illegal but interacting with much of its content could cause you to face charges. Sharing nude images online can be deeply problematic, as you may not be aware that this constitutes “revenge porn,” or if the image depicts a minor.
Regardless of the circumstances, you or your loved one is entitled to proper representation. With more than 25 years of experience in criminal law, I will ensure that your rights are protected. Contact Richard Grossman in Atlanta for a free consultation today.